Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis

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Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis
DVD cover
Written byWilliam Butler
Aaron Strongoni
Directed byEllory Elkayem
StarringAimee-Lynn Chadwick
Cory Hardrict
John Keefe
Jana Kramer
Peter Coyote
Music byRobert Duncan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Anatoly Fradis
Steve Scarduzio
CinematographyGabriel Kosuth
Editor(s)James Coblentz
Running time89 minutes
Production company(s)Denholm Trading Inc.
Aurora Entertainment
Castel Film Romania
DistributorDenholm Trading Inc.
Budget$6 million
Original networkSci-Fi Channel
Original releaseOctober 15, 2005 (2005-10-15)
Preceded byReturn of the Living Dead 3
Followed byReturn of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave

Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis, is a 2005 zombie television action horror film directed by Ellory Elkayem, starring Aimee Lynn Chadwick, Cory Hardrict, John Keefe, Jana Kramer, and Peter Coyote.

An edited version of the film aired on the Sci-Fi Channel on October 15, 2005 (2005-10-15). The R-rated version of the film was released on DVD on April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18).


Set 10 years after the events of Return of the Living Dead 3, the film starts out with Charles Garrison (Peter Coyote) traveling to Chernobyl to collect the last 6 canisters of Trioxin 5. Two Russian sellers take him to an empty power station which contains the Trioxin. One of the Russians get Trioxin on his hands, turning him into a zombie. Upon hearing screams, Garrison runs to see the zombie eating the other Russian partner. Garrison promptly shoots the zombie in the head.

It is then revealed Julian and Jake (also known as Pyro) Garrison, the nephews of Charles, parents were volunteers who died a year earlier at Hybra Tech. Julian leaves the house to go motor biking with his friends. During a stunt, one of Julian’s friends, Zeke falls and gets knocked unconscious. At the hospital, a doctor tells Julian that Zeke had an unexplained reaction to the painkillers and is pronounced dead on arrival.

One of Julian’s friends, Katie, works at Hybra Tech and notices Zeke being brought in. Julian and his friends manage to hack their way into Hybra Tech website and discover Zeke is to be used as a test subject and decide to rescue him.

Meanwhile, Charles is experimenting with the Trioxin. He manages to reanimate an arm and a corpse. However, some of the gas manages to escape through the pipes (unexplainably not affecting Charles) and reanimates a dead rat that two homeless men were eating and it proceeds to attack them.

By using fake IDs, they manage to get into Hybra Tech, with Katie at the security center giving them advice over walkie-talkies. They end up sneaking through the ventilation shaft and find out that Pyro had followed them. They get out of the vent and find themselves in an armory. After some searching they are found by Charles, who shows them where Zeke is.

The group discovers a room full of zombie clones. Uncle Charles explains that they are to be the new test subjects. He also reveals that Julian’s parents are alive before managing to escape. Katie tries to deactivate the alarm but in the process releases all the zombies in the complex. During the chaos, Zeke is bitten on the neck by a zombie, and the group manages to make it to the armory and escape into the vents. Julian, Carlos and Cody separate from the group to find Julian’s parents.

Zeke, Becky and Pyro manage to make it to the parking lot and are able to find keys to a jeep. Unfortunately, Zeke turns into a zombie and tries to eat them, causing them to crash; he retains his mind, but is driven by zombie instincts. Julian meanwhile has found the building where his parents are being held. He finds his zombie parents in a holding tank and sees they have been suited up with circular saws and mini-guns to become "uber-soldiers." They leave the room in disgust and after being chased by zombies run to the roof. A few minutes later Uncle Charles appears in the room with Julian’s parents and releases them from their tanks.

Julian manages to rappel down the building from the roof, where at the bottom, he encounters two zombies. The zombies are killed as Katie appears in a new truck and runs the zombies over. Julian and Cody then get in the truck.

Meanwhile, Pyro and Becky are trying to fend off zombies. Zeke runs towards Becky but she is pushed out of the way by Pyro. Zeke then eats Pyro’s brains. Becky manages to scare Zeke off just before Katie arrives in the truck. They pick up Becky and escape the zombies. As they drive, Julian’s dad appears and shoots the truck with the mini-gun. After he has finished shooting, Becky gets out of the truck and throws a grenade at him, nearly destroying him.

They all get out of the truck and start running, but encounter Zeke and Julian’s mother. Zeke starts a fist fight with Julian, whilst the group attempt to destroy Julian’s mother. They succeed while Julian manages to destroy Zeke.

The SWAT team arrives and shoots the remaining zombies, including Julian’s dad and mistakenly shoot Katie. The movie ends with the SWAT team disposing of the bodies, and Uncle Charles escaping with the barrels of Trioxin. The closing scene of the movie shows a newscaster reporting about a supposed zombie outbreak which Hybra Tech denies. In the end the newscaster is attacked by a zombie as the screen goes black.


  • Aimee-Lynn Chadwick as Becky Carlton
  • Cory Hardrict as Cody
  • John Keefe as Julian Garrison
  • Jana Kramer as Katie Williams
  • Peter Coyote as Uncle Charles
  • Elvin Dandel as Zeke Borden
  • Alexandru Geoana as Jake Garrison
  • Toma Danila as Carlos
  • Diana Munteanu as Mimi Romero
  • Serban Georgevici as Hector
  • Gelu Nitu as Boris
  • Claudiu Trandafir as Nicholai
  • Boris Petroff as Crusty
  • Constantin Barbulescu as Joey
  • Razvan Oprea as Darren
  • Dan Astileanu as Garcia
  • Lorena Lupu as Genie
  • Esther Nathalie as Ms. Rayburn


The film was called "the worst cinematic atrocity to wound your retinas" in Rue Morgue's 2006 year in review. Bloody Disgusting was a slightly more positive, "It might seem like Necropolis offers nothing special to the viewer but the film still suggests a simpler time in Sci-fi and Horror, when a few gruesome effects, a cheap script job, and a cast of pretty-but-bland stereotypes could make a Friday night schlockfest seem like the best time ever. If for nothing else, Necropolis deserves a mountain of credit for giving it the old college try."[1]


  1. ^ Tex Massacre. "Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (V)". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 28, 2009.

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